Growing up I knew that I wasn’t Black, White or Hispanic. Being a military kid you learn quickly especially when stationed so far from your island. I’m Hawaiian and talk about a fish out of water! Let’s fast forward >>> Somehow I became a student of all things Hawaiian and my teacher was my Grandmother.
I lovingly called her Mama 💜 [here’s the two of us] and she filled my mind with the beauty & grace of Hawaii. The island that was, long before it became a tourist haven. Sadly cancer ended our lessons and I was lost.
After tears and sorrow I began to search and learned to walk in beauty.
My mission is to share a holistic approach to living. Starting with our relationship to food then adding fitness.
Today I’m closer to the culture that she gifted me with. And I’ve blended my practice with a familiar Hawaiian connection. Which has opened the doors to learning from many others.
These images are from the Indigenous Artist Gathering. I was excited for the invitation and happy to join in. I witnessed how they used their ART to tell the stories of their ancestors. The life cycle of love and loss then love again. This is a quick glimpse of what I encountered.
Below is my favorite and this piece is a true MANA WAHINE: woman of power.
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